By Rich Palzewic
GREEN BAY – Grace Perret, a senior at Green Bay Preble High School, is a member of the volleyball team.
Grace, the daughter of Jill and George Perret, said she hopes to make a difference in the world.
“I’m a passionate person,” said Perret, who also describes herself as an activist and a down-to-earth person. “In 15 years, I see myself living in a bigger city with a decent job.”
She has four older siblings who attended Preble and played various sports.
Her mom is from Milwaukee and played volleyball and cheered in high school, while her dad grew up in Green Bay and played football at St. Norbert College.
“I did lots of sports when I was younger, but only volleyball at Preble,” said the 5-foot-8 Perret, who is an outside hitter for the Hornets. “If I could go back, soccer or track and field would have been fun to do as well.”
With Preble moving all of its fall sports to the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Perret said she was disappointed in the outcome, but is taking a positive approach.
“It gives the team more time to prepare for next season,” she said. “I’m still not sure about club volleyball this fall. We’re still waiting for them to give us information.”
Perret set the single-season school record for kills during her freshman year and is within reach of surpassing 1,000 career digs and kills next spring.
She was first-team all-conference last season in the Fox River Classic Conference, is a member of the National Honor Society, volunteers in the community and is in the top seven percent in her class academically.
Perret isn’t sure where she’ll attend college after graduation, but she’s interested in sociology and psychology and hopes to play volleyball at the next level.
“My most memorable moment was this past year when we played De Pere and Notre Dame,” she said. “Those matches were memorable because the gym was super-energetic.”
She’s taken a ball off the face, but said that’s not her most embarrassing moment.
“We were at an early-season tournament, so I was a little rusty,” said Perret, who recently had 15 inches of her hair cut off and donated it to Wigs for Kids. “I whiffed on a pass attempt. It was so embarrassing.”
She said her leadership, consistency and knowledge are her strengths.
“People feel comfortable to chat with me,” Perret said. “I used to be a shy and introverted person, but volleyball has helped me come out of my shell.”
Preble is led by second-year head coach Brian Vandenplas.
“Coach brought in tons of passion and a drive for success,” said Perret. “He’s fun, has made us better and changed the atmosphere in our gym.”
She likes Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison and Indianapolis, but would also like to visit Italy, Paris and Honolulu.
Perret also likes chocolate ice cream, television shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “High Fidelity,” sand volleyball, the month of October and the color green.